It started with Taza running around the yard. Their two towhead 2-year-olds (twins) were thrilled and curious. We had learned in advance that this family was nervous about Ellie, so we jumped at the chance to introduce at least one of the dogs to them. Before long, Tim was asking them about the cheese they order from a local woman (also info we had gathered in advance) and they invited us in to try some.
The cheeses, by the way, were surprising both in quality and variety.
For the first time in a while, I'm feeling positive about the possibility of connecting with people here (in Peru). That's a significant step and one that gives me hope. I don't know if we'll get to be friends with these neighbors or not, but even the movement of my heart toward loving people for Christ's sake is a big deal to me.
While we are settling into our life here just fine, please continue to pray that God would open our hearts and eyes to the work He has here for us. I think we both feel a little burned (more than burned out even) and need some tenderness from Him.